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This Program Is Giving Sex Offenders Second Chances -- And It's Working

Honolulu Civil Beat | Landess Kearns | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact

One day back in 2003, DeMont Conner sat in a room at the Kulani Correctional Facility, listening to a recording of a frantic 911 call. A woman was on ...

It Ended Before It Began: Criminalizing a Young Brain

Merritt Juliano | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Merritt Juliano

Trying to identify those circumstances where an 18- to 25-year-old might fairly be treated as a juvenile, difficult though it may be, should be a priority for a modern society, particularly for non-violent offenders with a low outlook for recidivism.

What You Learn From Loving An Addict

Alicia Cook | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Alicia Cook

I am not an addict. But try and love one, and then see if you can look me square in the eyes and tell me that you didn't get addicted to trying to fix them. If you're lucky, they recover. If you're really lucky, you recover, too.

Rehabilitation, Restitution Undermined by Illinois' Supersized Criminal-Justice System

Hilary Gowins | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

An ideal corrections program focuses first on keeping the public safe. Public safety depends on crime prevention, which means that an effective corrections program is one that isn't simply punitive, but is transformative, aimed at stopping the cycle of crime.

Celebrating 25 Years of the ADA

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Alan E. Guttmacher

Some days, Kristal Nemeroff needs her wheelchair, but usually her walker suffices. She is slower than the students who buzz around her, but her motivation is in overdrive. At 27, Kristal is the nurse at Hamilton Elementary School in rural Pennsylvania, a few miles from where she grew up.

Gov. Bobby Jindal Denies Clemency to Prisoner Serving 13 Years for Possessing Two Joints

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Anthony Papa

In the case of Bernard Noble it seems that Louisiana's Governor Jindal has chosen not to show the compassion that our President has shown and instead ignores the injustice of Noble's case while he rots away in prison for 13 years for the possession of two joints.

Live And Live A Life

Richard L. Burns | Posted 06.09.2015 | Fifty
Richard L. Burns

You're prompted to move in your hospital bed. Simple things like moving arms and legs. Sitting up and lying down. Changing positions. Rolling over.

After 3 Years, the Doctor's Perform a Miracle for Her Paralyzed Dog | Posted 06.09.2015 | Good News

At the age of 8, Sammi the Springer Spaniel underwent surgery to remove a bone growing near his spinal column. Unfortunately, Sammi's surgeon was unable to remove the excess bone. Following surgery, the pup's health declined. His family was devastated.

What It Takes To Age Well

Stacey Gordon | Posted 05.06.2015 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

As a member of her team, I helped Ethel live the rest of her life in the way she had envisioned for herself and detailed in her Life Plan.

Mother's Day at Your Local Prison

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.01.2015 | Women
Christopher Zoukis

Regardless of how we feel about people who are in prison, children have a right to see, to touch, and to speak with their parents (obviously, provided doing so poses no risks for the child).

Former NFL Linebacker Keith Mitchell Is Leading A Yoga Event On Capitol Hill

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.09.2015 | Sports

When former NFL linebacker Keith Mitchell found himself suffering after a routine tackle left him with a debilitating spinal contusion, he turned to y...

On Finding a New Normal With a Brain Injury

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Just two weeks after her wedding, Nicole was in a serious motor vehicle crash. Even though she walked away from her totaled vehicle with almost no vi...

Make It Happen for Women Affected By Torture and War

Curt Goering | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Curt Goering

Make It Happen, the theme for 2015's International Women's Day, is an aspirational call to act. The message going out from organizations and government groups around the world is to take steps to advance women's rights and celebrate women's achievements.

'Prison Legal News' vs. the State of Florida: A Battle Against Censorship

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.27.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The State of Florida wishes to suppress a long-respected voice of dissent and social justice by targeting arguably "dangerous" content in the advertisements. By prohibiting the advertisement of lawful endeavors everyone should take pause and ask: what are they afraid of?

Actors Help Inmates Develop Empathy

Marina Cantacuzino | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Marina Cantacuzino

In some small corners of the Californian correctional system something remarkable is happening. A team of actors is helping the toughest and most violent of men learn to be vulnerable.

Welcoming the Mentally Ill Back Into Our Community

Allen Frances | Posted 04.04.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Mental illness often interferes with a person's easy and spontaneous participation in a social unit. A therapeutic community heals hurts and teaches new social skills. It takes a community to help a patient. Virgil Stucker has been living with and for the severely mentally ill all his adult life. Perhaps better than anyone, he can tell us what works.

Rescuing Bambi and the Great Pit Bull Bias

Carly Loman | Posted 04.04.2015 | Green
Carly Loman

About a month ago, I adopted a dog. Now -- a month later -- I'm still rescuing that dog. Bambi, my beautiful two-year-old pup, is a Pit Bull mix. I was ready for the wide array of problems new rescues often have. What I was not expecting, and what I was not ready for, was The Great Pit Bull Bias.

Georgia's GOP Governor Gives Inaugural Address Worthy of a Democrat

John A. Tures | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

On a rainy day in Atlanta, Georgia's Republican Governor Nathan Deal and the audience had to move indoors from the Liberty Plaza to the State Capitol. One would think he also moved political parties, giving an Inaugural Address that a Democrat could have just as easily delivered.

There's No Back Pain Surgery Can't Make Worse

Allen Frances | Posted 03.07.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Lots of elective surgery is probably unnecessary, and back operations are the most notorious example.

10 Years on, What the Tsunami Taught Me

BRAC | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact

10 years on, let's take a moment to remember lives lost, and fundamentally changed in an instant. And let's pause to reflect and wonder at the resilience and hope within all of us. Today, almost anywhere on Sri Lanka's coastline, you would hardly know the magnitude of horrors endured there.

America's Prisons: A Road to Nowhere

OpedSpace | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

Inmate education seems like a controversial issue. Cast in economic rather than moral terms, however, there is plenty of common ground. The question is not whether inmates "deserve" to learn like the rest of us, but whether we all benefit if they do. According to every available measure, the answer is yes.

Hard Time: Lessons From a Maximum-Security Prison

Jade Chong-Smith | Posted 01.19.2015 | Crime
Jade Chong-Smith

Republicans argue that punitive sentences are essential to a tough-on-crime approach that keeps our streets safe. I see building stronger communities with adequate support mechanisms, not building stronger prisons, as the path to a safer society.

Jesse Hazelip's "Mark of Cain" at Known Gallery Highlights Prison Injustice

Lisa Derrick | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Transitioning into galleries, he continues to use wheat paste and paint public space, running his own "ad campaigns" with graffiti and posters to reach as many free minds as possible.

I Spent 17.5 Years In Prison For A Crime I Did Not Commit

Ravishly | Posted 01.12.2015 | Women

Prior to being sent to prison, I knew nothing about incarcerated women and, like most of society, I couldn't have cared less. I assumed that all people in prison belonged there, and that they deserved whatever happened to them. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Living (and Almost Dying) on the Edge

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 01.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Markus had everything going for him. He could write his own ticket for the future, anything that he wanted. At 25, a world of possibilities awaited him. But all that was before the accident...